Jackson was born August 2008 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare congenital heart defect affecting the left ventrical and aorta. Three days after he was born he had the first of three open heart surgeries at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, UT. In January 2009 he had his 2nd surgery, the Glenn, and in May 2012 he had his third open heart surgery, the Fontan. He is currently doing great and you would hardly know he's anything but perfectly healthy. He's sweet, cute, and as wonderful as they come and such a joy in our lives.
Can I just say how much I hate potty training? We made great progress from Monday to Tuesday, but then he woke up sick on Wednesday and felt too yucky for me to push much potty time so today we seem to be back to square one. Blah. I'm hoping by next week at this time we will all be happy campers, but currently while we are in the trenches it sure seems tedious. Anyone have any magic tips?
We've been trying to keep busy this month, counting down the days until spring arrives and we can spend our days in the sunshine. Any day we can find that it isn't totally freezing and snowy Jack insists that we go outside and swing until his lips turn blue, which usually doesn't take very long, but he sure enjoys it while it lasts.
We went to Hogel Zoo...
...and got to see the animals up very close and personal. It's amazing how much more active the animals all are when it's cold vs the summertime.
That's one friendly gorilla
A week or two ago Jack, Hardy and I went to Discovery Gateway Children's Museum together. It was our first time going there and it was so much fun. We will definitely go again. So many fun things to do.
Last week we went to the Dinosaur Museum at Thanksgiving Point with several of Jack's buddies in the neighborhood. They had a marvelous time together.
Jack wanted to climb the fence to "ride" the shark. I said "no."
Jenna, Dominic, Jack and Caroline
We have been very brave this winter and I haven't quarantined Jack at all. I take him everywhere including the store, nursery, and even McDonald's playland a few times, none of which I have done the past 2 years. He has weathered this winter marvelously so far with only a small cold and 1 ear infection. Granted, it's not over yet, and I'm still very careful if someone nearby starts coughing up a lung, and we sanitize as soon as we are through with anything, but it is so nice to not feel like we're living in a bubble and just be normal. Plus, I figure if he's going to start school next year he better build up some immunity.
Yes, I did just say he's going to be starting school next year. Preschool. Can my baby really be old enough for that? Crazy. I've debated for a while since he is right on the cut off as he turns 3 in August and we've always talked about holding him back so he's the biggest in his grade rather than the smallest, but I've just decided that I think he is going to love it, so why not? He already knows all his letters, the sounds they make, words that start with each letter, and he can pick out the first letter of most words you say to him. He counts everything and finds shapes everywhere we go. A whole class where he can play with letters and numbers will be heaven for him. My neighbor also suggested that he will probably really love having something for himself after the baby arrives and I will enjoy having a few hours each week with just the baby. A very compelling argument. Yep, we're all signed up and doing preschool next year. I can't wait.
Today we had a Fetal Echo for Jack's little brother at the Primary's Children's Extension in Riverton. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month than to get the wonderful news we got, that everything looks in this kid looks NORMAL! This little boy was kicking back the whole time as he got pushed and prodded which made the echo tech smile, but he was in perfect position for them to get beautiful pictures. They saw healthy valves, a good strong aortic arch, and four functioning chambers. Dr. Su did give us the disclaimer that the heart is really only the size of a thumbnail at the moment so it's kind of hard to see everything, but as far as he could see it all looks great.
We haven't exactly been nervous since it just doesn't do any good to stress out and worry until there is something to worry about, but I do feel much better going forward to not have heart concerns in the back of my mind. I look forward to everything hopefully being very different and normal when giving birth to this baby. Only 17 weeks to go!